World No Tobacco Day 2025

Monday, March 31, 2025

World No Tobacco Day 2025: Uniting for a Tobacco-Free Future

Every year, on May 31st, World No Tobacco Day serves as a powerful reminder of the devastating impact that tobacco use has on individuals, families, and communities worldwide. Established by the World Health Organization (WHO) Member States in 1987, this global event aims to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The Toll of Tobacco

Tobacco use remains one of the leading preventable causes of death and disease globally, claiming millions of lives each year. From cardiovascular diseases and respiratory illnesses to various forms of cancer, the health consequences of tobacco use are far-reaching and severe. Moreover, the economic and social costs of tobacco use place a heavy burden on individuals, families, and health systems worldwide.

Objectives of World No Tobacco Day 2025

Raise awareness: Educate the public about the health risks associated with tobacco use and the benefits of quitting.

Advocate for strong policies: Encourage governments to implement and enforce comprehensive tobacco control measures, such as smoke-free environments, tobacco tax increases, and restrictions on tobacco advertising and promotion.

Promote cessation services: Highlight the availability and effectiveness of support services to help tobacco users quit.

Engage stakeholders: Foster collaboration among governments, civil society organizations, health professionals, and the public to create a tobacco-free future.

Aligning with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

World No Tobacco Day 2025 aligns with several key SDGs, particularly:

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being - By reducing tobacco use, we can significantly improve health outcomes and reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases.

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities - Tobacco use disproportionately affects vulnerable populations, exacerbating health and economic inequalities. Addressing tobacco use is crucial for achieving greater social justice and equity.

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production - Encouraging responsible consumption and production practices, including the regulation of tobacco products, can contribute to a more sustainable future.

Taking Action, Together

World No Tobacco Day 2025 presents an opportunity for individuals, communities, and organizations to unite in the fight against tobacco. By raising awareness, supporting cessation efforts, and advocating for strong tobacco control policies, we can work towards a future where tobacco-related deaths and diseases are a thing of the past.

This May 31st, join the global movement to create a tobacco-free world. Together, we can build a healthier, more equitable future for all.

World No Tobacco Day Themes and Awareness Topics

Year Theme Awareness Topic
2010 Gender and tobacco: emphasis on marketing to women Focus on the marketing of tobacco towards women and girls, highlighting the harmful effects and the need for countries to ban all tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship.
2011 The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Highlighting the treaty's importance, obligations under it, and the role of WHO and the Conference of the Parties in supporting country efforts.
2012 Tobacco industry interference Addressing the tobacco industry's attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and public health policies.
2013 Free yourself: Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship Advocating for a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship to reduce tobacco use and its health risks.
2014 Raise taxes on tobacco Encouraging countries to increase taxes on tobacco as a way to reduce consumption and address the tobacco epidemic.
2015 Stop illicit trade of tobacco products Calling for actions against the illicit trade of tobacco products to protect public health and reduce tobacco consumption.
2016 Get ready for Plain Packaging Promoting plain packaging as a measure to reduce the attractiveness of tobacco products, limit misleading packaging, and enhance the effectiveness of health warnings.
2017 Tobacco: a threat to development Highlighting how tobacco control supports sustainable development and urging inclusion of tobacco control in national responses to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
2018 Tobacco and heart disease Increasing awareness of the link between tobacco and cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke.
2019 Tobacco and lung health Focusing on the negative impact of tobacco on lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory diseases.
2020 Tobacco Exposed Debunking myths and exposing tactics of the tobacco industry, especially in targeting the youth through social media and other platforms.
2021 Commit to quit Encouraging tobacco users to quit in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting support mechanisms for quitting.
2022 Tobacco: Threat to our environment Shedding light on the environmental impacts of tobacco, from cultivation to waste, and calling for actions to mitigate this harm.
2023 Grow food, not tobacco Encouraging the transition from tobacco to sustainable crop cultivation to improve food security and nutrition.
2024 Protecting children from tobacco industry interference Focusing on protecting youth from the marketing practices of the tobacco and related industries, advocating for policies to shield them.